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Originally published August 23, 2005 at 12:00 AM | Page modified August 23, 2005 at 7:46 PM

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Seattle re-signs center Potapenko

The Seattle SuperSonics re-signed center Vitaly Potapenko today, filling a void left when Jerome James signed with the New York Knicks.

The Associated Press

The Seattle SuperSonics re-signed center Vitaly Potapenko today, filling a void left when Jerome James signed with the New York Knicks.

Last year, Potapenko played in just 33 games for Seattle, after missing the first six weeks of the season with a broken bone in his right hand. He averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds.

The 6-foot-10, 285-pound native of Ukraine is expected to compete for a starting spot.

"In his three years with the Sonics, Vitaly has given us a tough, physical presence in the middle along with the ability to score," general manager Rick Sund said in a statement.

Potapenko was acquired by the SuperSonics in July 2002 as part of a five-player trade that sent Vin Baker to Boston. Potapenko has averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in his nine-year career.

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